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Against All Hope (1982)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 20 October 2017 (France)
A man struggling with alcoholism turns to a reverend for help


Edward T. McDougal


Edward T. McDougal (screenplay), Cecil Moe (screenplay) (as Cecil C. Moe) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Madsen ... Cecil Moe
Maureen McCarthy Maureen McCarthy ... Jean Moe
Cecil Moe Cecil Moe ... Rev. Tom Baird
Rex Flores Rex Flores ... Young Cecil
Yvonne Higgins Yvonne Higgins ... Myrna
Merwyn Crowe Merwyn Crowe ... Cliff Moe
Violet Eckwald Violet Eckwald ... Julia Moe
Elaine Bakakos Elaine Bakakos ... Betty Moe
Timothy Joosten Timothy Joosten ... Ron Moe
Kevin Mulroy Kevin Mulroy ... Stan Moe
John Spievack John Spievack ... Gus
Herb Harms Herb Harms ... Harry
Janet Walquist Janet Walquist ... Sharon
Merry McShane Merry McShane ... Phyllis
Ed Berger Ed Berger ... Psychiatrist


A man struggling with alcoholism turns to a reverend for help

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Michael Madsen's film debut. See more »


When Cecil calls Tom on the telephone, he never introduces himself. When Cecil arrives at Tom's house, Tom calls him 'Cecil', a fact he could not have known. See more »

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"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new." - II Corinthians 5:17 See more »

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Amazing Grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me
29 March 2005 | by sol-kaySee all my reviews

His life in shambles and no where to turn young Cecil Moe looks in the phone book for help and finds the name of a minister who's doors are open to everyone, day or night, who need guidance.

Coming over to Rev. Tom Bird's home in the early hours of the morning with only death on his mind and despair in his heart Cecil tells the reverend that "I want to kill myself but I'm too afraid to do it". With Rev. Bird listening Cecil tells the story of his sorry life beginning with the day that he found his mom Julia on the floor paralyzed from a stroke and later seeing the nurse who was taking care of her, Myma, abusing her and him being unable to stop it.

Myma later married Moe's dad Cliff and also treated him shabbily in fact she was responsible for his death. Cliff going to see Moe at the naval base before he shipped out to sea was pushed down a flight of stairs by an outraged Myma, she hated Moe with a passion, who didn't want him to spend any time with his son. Th fall caused Cliff to suffered a heart attack that eventually killed him.

With his father and mother dead and feeling hurt for not being able to prevent their hurt and suffering at the hands of that vicious witch Myma, Cecil's step-mother,Cecil turned to the bottle to forget his troubles. That only created new and more serious ones for Cecil by doing that.

Having a sweet and caring wife Jean and two cute and endearing boys, Ronnie and Stan, as well as a good job as a contractor doing roofing contracts all over the county Cecil later lost everything due to the booze he became hooked on. Now poor Cecil is in danger of losing his life.

Michael Madsen in his first movie role gives a both honest and touching performance as the troubled Cecil Moe who finds his way to God and thus the way out of the hell. A hell that he created not only for himself but for his family and friends as well.

Admittedly the film "Against All Hope" is very heavy in the religious slant of how Cecil's life was turned around and comes off in some scenes as if it were made by a major Christian TV network, like the 700 Club. Inspite off all that the movie made you feel so good watching how Cicel, with the help of Rev. Bird, overcame his addiction to alcohol and not only having himself become a kind and feeling person but also how he turned the lives around of everyone that he came in contact with, after his own personal revival, that you overlooked that fact. Even though at the same time we have to accept that the events in the film about Cecil's overcoming alcoholism and all the evils that go along with it, through his faith in God and acceptance of Jesus Christ, are based on a true story.

Moving little film with a cast of unknowns that really grabs you and shows you that with faith there's nothing that one can't overcome and how it, faith in a higher power as well as in oneself, can save anyone like it did Cecil if he or she only believes in it. The Reverand Bird was played by Cecil Moe himself who the movie "Against All Hope" was based on and who, Cecil Moe, was played by actor Michael Madsen.

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